Kids, get ready to revamp your Christmas lists: People of Walmart, everyone’s favorite blog mocking the insane and disheveled, is coming out in book form this September 7 from Sourcebooks. The title? People of Walmart: Shop and Awe. Nice.
Some of you might be scratching your heads at this point, under the impression that this blog had, in fact, already scored a book deal. Not so! Although a cadre of popular blogs have already come out in paperback form, the folks over at People of Walmart only announced their literary leanings today.
The blog — which was started in August of 2009 by brothers Adam and Andrew Kipple and childhood friend Luke Wherry — will make its way to book form complete with 200 photographs and captions (70% of which will be original content) and fan-submitted stories about their own experiences. (Oh man, I bet it’ll be sold in Walmart… That’s so meta!)
We’re curious to see how the blog translates to book. A lot of critics see the blog-to-book phenom as the end of literature, a slap-dash process whereby publishers merely serve up warmed-over digital content in a glossy cover.
Seeing as how the authors plan on offering original content and perhaps even more of the written word, we wonder if they will be able to create something new and engaging that will appeal to more than just the adherents of the blog. We’ll see come September. In the meantime, there’s always the People of Walmart Rap to tide us over.